Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 8 wickets in the 31st match of the 13th season of IPL. Punjab won the match after 5 consecutive defeats. The team is still at the bottom of the points table after winning 2 out of 8 matches. Punjab has won both matches against RCB. In the previous match, Punjab defeated Bengaluru by 97 runs. This is the biggest win so far this season. Playing the first match of the season, Chris Gayle scored 53 runs off 45 balls. He hit 5 sixes and a four.
In Sharjah, Bengaluru won the toss and opted to bat first, giving the shortest target of 172 runs of the season in Sharjah. In response, Punjab won the match by losing 2 wickets and scoring 177 runs. Earlier, in the 23rd match of the season in Sharjah, Delhi Capitals gave the target of 185 runs to Rajasthan Royals.
Last Over Thrill
Punjab needed 2 runs to win in the last over. Gayle scored 52 runs and Rahul 61 runs on non-strike. The ball was in Chahal’s hands. He did not allow Gayle to score any runs on the first two balls. Gayle was successful to score one run on the third ball. The fourth ball, Rahul played the dot and both the batsmen came under pressure. On the 5th ball, Rahul tried to take a run, but Gayle was runout. Now the team needed a run on one ball. Then the new batsman Nicholas Pooran made the match for Punjab by hitting a six.
Last Ball Six
In the history of Indian Premier League this is 9th time that a batsman hit for a six and won the match on the last ball. Earlier, Rohit Sharma won the match by hitting the six maximum times (2009, 2011, 2012). Prior to this season, Mitchell Santner hit for the six on the last ball against Rajasthan Royals in 2019.
Chris Gayle Started With a Fifty
KXIP skipper KL Rahul scored 61 runs for the team, Chris Gayle scored 53 and Mayank Agarwal scored 45 runs. This was Gayle’s first match of the season. The lone wicket was taken by Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. He bowled Mayank Agarwal. Chahal sent Mayank back to the pavilion for the fourth time in T20. Mayank and Rahul had an opening partnership of 78 runs off 48 balls.
RCB Gave The Shortest Target of The Season in Sharjah
RCB have scored 171 runs for 6 wickets. Openers Devdutt Padikkal (18) and Aaron Finch (20) gave the team a quick start, but the middle order batsmen could not convert it into a big score. RCB gave the shortest target of 172 runs in Sharjah this season.
Bengaluru captain Virat Kohli scored the highest 48 runs off 39 balls. Apart from him Chris Morris scored 25 and Shivam Dubey scored 23 runs. Mohammad Shami and Murugan Ashwin took 2–2 wickets for Punjab.
Kohli’s 200th match for RCB
Virat Kohli’s 200th match for RCB. He has played 185 T20s in the IPL and 15 in the Champions League for the team. Kohli has scored the highest number of 5716 runs in 185 matches in IPL.
8th Time in the IPL, Kohli-de Villiers Out in Single Over
Mohammed Shami took two big wickets in single over for Punjab. He got de Villiers (2) caught by Deepak Hooda and Kohli caught by Lokesh Rahul. Kohli-de Villiers has been dismissed in an over for the 8th time in the IPL. The two were first sent back to the pavilion together in 2012 by Jack Kallis.
AB de Villiers Came to Bat at Number 6 or Below For The Fourth Time in IPL
Ab de Villiers has batted at number 6 or below only 4 times in the IPL. During this time, his best score is 33 runs. In 2012, playing for Bengaluru, de Villiers scored 33 against Pune Warriors. He has scored a total of 51 (33, 10, 6, 2) runs in all four matches.
Chris Gayle Completed 4500 Runs in IPL
Universe Boss, Chris Gayle became 8th player in Indian Premier League (IPL) to reach 4,500 runs on Thursday while playing against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has achieved this feat after scoring 16 runs during RCB vs KXIP match at Sharjah in IPL 2020.
Will Win All The Remaining Matches: IPL
Chris Gayle was admitted to the hospital for the last few days due to stomach infection. In the video on the team’s official Twitter handle before the match, he said that the wait was over. The team’s journey in the IPL is not over yet. We can win all the remaining matches in the tournament.
Man of The Match
KL Rahul is adjudged the Man of the Match for his match-winning knock of 61* off 49 deliveries with the help of 1 four and 5 sixes at a strike-rate of 124.48.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
A Finch, D Padikkal, V Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (wk), W Sundar, S Dube, I Udana, C Morris, M Siraj, N Saini, Y Chahal
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)
KL Rahul (C/WK), M Agarwal, C Gayle, N Pooran, G Maxwell, D Hooda, C Jordan, M Ashwin, M Shami, R Bishnoi, A Singh